Saturday, April 20, 2019

Maintaining Your Decks and Balconies 維護您的露台和陽台

Decks and balconies are a desired amenity in condos and townhouses. This video from the BC Housing provides practical tips on proper inspection and maintenance of decks and balconies so they remain safe and stable.
How to check your decks:
Deck Evaluation Checklist:


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Friday, January 25, 2019

How to become a Home Inspector - Education at BCIT, Mentorship at ASTTBC, Licensing at CPBC

Become a House Inspector

BCIT offers a series of six courses in the house and property inspection fields that together comprise a program in House Inspection. Subject areas include:  roofing, flashing, chimneys, the exterior system, the structural system, the electrical system, the heating and cooling systems, the insulation and venting systems, the plumbing system, and the interior system.

Students must successfully complete the following six courses to be eligible for a statement of completion in the House Inspection program:

Course NamePrerequisite/s
BLDC 1500
Building Code Part 9 (SFD)
BLDG 2915
House Inspection 1
English 12 or equivalent
BLDG 2925
House Inspection 2
BLDC 1500, BLDG 2915 and English 12 or equivalent
BLDG 2935
House Inspection 3: Report
BLDC 1500, BLDG 2915, BLDG 2925 and English 12 or equivalent
BLDG 2945
House Inspection 4: Field Inspection
BLDC 1500, BLDG 2915, BLDG 2925 and BLDG 2935
BLDC 3050
Building Envelope Performance

This program meets the requirements of the BC Consumer Protection Office as an approved Home Inspector Educational Program according to Section 3 of the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation.
This program also meets the academic requirements of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) for their Certified House Inspector (CHI) and Certified Property Inspector (CPI) designations. A final grade of 70 percent in each course is required by ASTTBC.
2015 ASTTBC-PI Certification Policy

ASTTBC-PI is an institute established under the provisions of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians (ASTT) Act, to represent the professionally certified house and property inspectors in British Columbia. Think of it as ASTTBC-PI under the umbrella of ASTTBC.
Membership is required in ASTTBC-PI.  To apply, please visit
  • Certification by that organization.
Once a member has received the CHI(P) Provisional Certified House Inspector they qualify under the Government mandate to be licensed. Once the license has be received the member can undertaken inspection services with the public for a fee. See steps to certification.
  • Obtaining Insurance.
ASTTBC-PI Insurance Provider is Willis Canada. Use the contact number below for all the information you will need for acquiring the necessary insurance. All applicants must submit confirmation of insurance with their application to the Consumer Protection BC (CPBC).
It must be noted that ASTTBC-PI Inspectors enjoy the lowest premiums in the province due to the highest quality of performance reflecting the lowest claim rate.
Willis Canada Inc.
1500 – 1095 West Pender St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2M6
Tel: (604) 683-6831 Email:
Toll Free: 1 (800) 665-5252
Fax: (604) 683-5746
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Application for Government Licensing -Please visit Consumer Protection BC to apply for a license.
  • Welcome aboard, you can count on ASTTBC-PI for assistance at each stage of your journey.

Home inspections Licensing at CPBC

By law, anyone who engages in home inspection activity needs a licence. Generally speaking, a home inspection is a visual (and typically non-invasive) inspection of a residential home or property.

How to get licensed

You are required to provide the following to be licensed.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Home Safety & Health on HealthLink 家居安全與健康信息

For more HealthLinkBC resources

Asbestos: When Should I Worry?

Lead Paint and Hazards

Radon in Homes and Other Dwellings

The Harmful Effects of Second-hand Smoke

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality: Mould and Other Biological Contaminants

Indoor Air Quality: Combustion By-products

Indoor Air Quality: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Particulate Matter and Outdoor Air Pollution

Outdoor Air Quality Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
室外空氣質量 二氧化硫(SO2)

Disinfecting Drinking Water 

Water Fluoridation Facts



Wildfires: Its Effects on Drinking Water Quality

Well Water Testing

Nitrate in Well Water

Clean-up after a Flood


Safety Tips for Swimmers

Food Safety: Easy Ways to Make Food Safe

Food Safety for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Food Safety: Instructions on Food Labels

Seniors’ Falls can be Prevented

Bed Bugs

Insect Repellents and DEET
驅蟲劑和 DEET

Getting Rid of Rodents (Rats and Mice) 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Family Handyman Tips & Hints

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Richmond is Not at Significant Risk of Tsunamis 列治文沒有遭受重大的海嘯風險

2005年由列治文市和三角洲市政府委託西門菲沙大學進行研究列治文島嶼和三角洲社區的海嘯風險John Clague博士和 Ian Hutchinson博士研究報告發現在過去的4000年裡,儘管地質學家認為在此期間,在溫哥華島西部的卡斯卡迪亞俯衝帶上有許多巨型地震(里氏8級)沒有證據表明菲沙三角洲曾經遭受重大海嘯影響。

The word "tsunami" is from the Japanese words tsu (harbour) and nami (wave). Tsunamis are large wave events resulting from a significant displacement of water. These are caused by occurrences such as underwater earthquakes, underwater landslides, land based landslides, a major oceanic volcanic eruption and less commonly, a meteorite oceanic landing. 

Richmond is Not at Significant Risk of Tsunamis

While Richmond is an island community, we are not at significant risk of a tsunami. A 2005 study commissioned by the City of Richmond and the Corporation of Delta was prepared by Dr John Clague and Dr Ian Hutchinson of the Simon Fraser University (SFU).  The study found no evidence that a significant tsunami has impacted the Fraser River delta, from any source, in the last 4000 years.  This is despite the fact that during this period geologists believe there were numerous mega-earthquakes (magnitude 8+ on the Richter Scale) along the Cascadia subduction zone lying west of Vancouver island. 

The reason Pacific generated tsunamis do not impact the Fraser River delta is because Vancouver Island lies between the two, which creates a kind of breakwater or natural protective barrier that absorbs the major impact of a tsunami.  To prove this theory, scientists have computer modelled Pacific Ocean tsunami waves (generated close to Vancouver Island) as they move down the Juan de Fuca Strait, into the Georgia Strait and finally to the western delta shore.  The model predicted that during this journey wave energy would dissipate so much that any wave reaching the western delta shore would be less than 0.5m high.

The evidence that no significant tsunami has impacted the delta area in the last 4000 years is further supported by the 2003 study Numerical Modeling of Tsunamis Generated by Hypothetical Landslides in the Strait of Georgia, BC.  This study modelled hypothetical underwater landslides between Roberts Bank and the Fraser River delta.  It found that, while a significant landslide could generate an 18m high wave at Galiano Island, the local shoreward moving wave from a major slide would be only 2m high.  This, in part, is due to the submerged banks ability to deflect wave energy away from the shoreline.  The study also suggested that if a 2m high wave occurred its energy, and therefore its ability to flood land, would be dissipated by the Fraser River Delta’s wide tidal flats.  It is therefore believed that any wave generated by an underwater landslide at Sturgeon Bank would not pose a significant flood risk to the City.  This is due to the waves relatively small height potential, the 6 km wide tidal flats that a wave would have to cross to reach the City dike and the fact that the City’s dike stands approximately 3.5m above mean sea level.

Hypothetical tsunamis generated from other sources, such as land based landslides and underwater earthquakes in the Georgia Strait, have not been extensively studied.  However, as there is no evidence that significant tsunamis have occurred in the past 4000 years, the City considers it highly unlikely that such sources could trigger a significant tsunami.

For a summary of the 2005 study conducted by SFU, please follow the link: Tsunami Hazard at the Fraser River Delta, BC.

In the Event of a Tsunami 
In the event of a Tsunami in the Pacific Basin, the Province will alert local governments and broadcast warnings over local radio stations.  In response to this, some local governments in high-risk areas, such as on the west coast of Vancouver Island, may initiate emergency evacuation procedures.  Due to the insignificant risk to Richmond, the City has no plans to instigate an emergency evacuation for a tsunami.


If following an incident evacuation of the community is necessary, the routes used will be based on an assessment of the damage at the time of the emergency.  Evacuation instructions including safe routes would be broadcast over the radio, so we recommend that you include a battery operated radio as part of your emergency supplies.

Disaster Response Routes have been designated throughout Richmond and the Lower Mainland as routes for first responders. Fire, police, ambulance and public works crews will require quick access to emergency sites to help rescue victims, fight fires, secure the emergency scene, distribute supplies and critical resources and transport the injured to the hospitals.  Residents are asked to stay off these routes when activated unless directed otherwise by emergency personnel.

How You Can Prepare
As with any potential disaster individuals, families and businesses need to be prepared to survive on their own for a minimum of 72 hours and up to 7 days.  To help you prepare, the Emergency Preparedness section of the City’s website offers tips on what emergency supplies you should have, how to develop a family emergency plan and how to protect yourself during earthquakes and other natural hazards.
Reception Centres
During an emergency, the City may establish a reception centre to assist evacuees in areas affected by the emergency.  A reception centre is any safe gathering place, such as a community centre, church or hotel conference room where individuals may obtain information and receive assistance.  Services such as family reunification, food, clothing, emergency first aid and lodging arrangements are typically performed at Reception Centres by City of Richmond staff and volunteers. For more information please refer to the Reception Centres section of the website.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

地震週 Earthquake Week

根據「心聲」報導 (Voice News Vol. 195, April 20, 2018),每隔14個月,卑詩省和美國西海岸上的華盛頓州就會發生不下數百次的小型地震。專家表示预計2018年4月18日左右開始的两星期,卑詩省將會進入小型地震的頻發時期。

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